Michigan Adds Another Lineman
The staff will take three offensive lineman in this class, despite adding a multitude of big men in the past two classes. The tackle spot needs more help than the guard and center positions; Juwann Bushell-Beatty gives Michigan the body it needed on the outside. The 6'5", 300-pound high school junior is a fringe three to four-star player.
Check out our New Blue post for the full rundown on JBB.
New Offers Out
Florida CB Quincy Wilson
Wilson is a bit underrated by the major scouting services, and I think Scout and Rivals are projecting him incorrectly to the cornerback position. He has the size and agility to play on the boundary at the next level, but his height could give him problems against smaller, more agile receivers. He lacks good ball skills yet makes punishing hits on receivers and running backs look routine, making me believe that he would be a perfect fit for safety. He looks like he can legitimately run in the 4.45 range as well, so it would be tough to beat him over the top. Whether or not Michigan will be a factor here is yet to be decided; offers from many of the southern powers could make it difficult to get in on his recruitment.
North Carolina DE Darian Roseboro (2015)
6'5", 265 pounds
Michigan wouldn't offer a defensive end so early if he didn't show plenty of promise, and Roseboro shows plenty of it. He plays everything from fullback to defensive tackle for his high school team, and he's already over 6'4" as a high school sophomore. Clemson, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina and NC State have all already come through with offers for this youngster.
Brady Hoke Keeps It Real
Stanford head coach David Shaw sees the light at the end of the tunnel in the recruitment of five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers. He acted totally unprofessionally by venting about it on Twitter:
Their education is almost as good as Stanford's? When is almost enough for a true competitor? 3 BCS in a row, #1 education in D1 #gostanford— David Shaw (@CoachDavidShaw) April 30, 2013
Here's a protip for you, David: Don't vent on Twitter like a child when you're attempting to win over a recruit. Brady Hoke keeps his cool by not using Twitter, ever.
Speaking of Jabrill Peppers, it sounds like he's getting a bit anxious to make a decision:
"(Recruiting) is definitely is getting outrageous now," Peppers explained. "I didn't really think it would get like this. I wanted to wait until after my (senior) year, but I feel good about the decision that I'm going to make. When I make it it'll take a huge weight off my shoulders so I can focus on school my senior year, and more importantly, this upcoming football season. Everything is getting pretty hectic right now, so I'm just trying to move that visit up (from July to June) and make the decision in June. After the Stanford visit I feel as though I will know. I (already) have a pretty good feel on the other schools that I have on the board."
Once again, Peppers will visit Stanford and likely make his decision not long after returning. The above quote makes me think he already knows he's heading to Michigan.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Four-star receiver commitment Drake Harris can fly:
Drake Harris ran a 4.4 hand timed today according to one of his assistant coaches.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) May 2, 2013
I have my doubts about the accuracy of that time, but let's just pretend that he really did run a 4.4 and run to East Lansing with the news. Drake probably runs in the 4.45-4.55 range. His top end speed is more impressive than his acceleration.
Wide receiver recruit Christian McCaffrey has committed to Stanford. This isn't shocking, as the Wolverines weren't ever really in the picture for the NFL legacy. Michigan has bigger fish to fry with Artavis Scott and K.J. Williams still in the fold. My sincerest apologies go out to David Shaw.
Don't look for Tommy Doles' name to pop up much more from here on out. Michigan is looking to focus in on a few more highly rated prospects. Doles' inability to play the tackle position means that he probably won't end up being a Wolverine.